Plain Township Historical Society

Plain Township Historical Society The main goal of the Plain Township Historical Society is to collect, preserve and promote historical work within the borders of Plain Township in Stark County, Ohio.

Membership is open to everyone who wishes to promote the purposes of this society. To preserve, promote and protect the heritage of Plain Township Stark County Ohio. Contact is interested in information on Plain Township.

Mission: To promote, preserve and protect the heritage of Plain Township Stark County.

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09/22/2020
09/21/2020
Highlighting an Article - School class photo are always a great find.  Not only do they show us how the students dressed...
09/20/2020

Highlighting an Article - School class photo are always a great find. Not only do they show us how the students dressed, but also the teachers and administrators. Middlebranch Grade school opened about 1915. Have any of your Plain Township School Class photos? Considering sharing them with PTHS so we can preserve them for the future.

Ridgewood Neighborhood Donation Day - Oct 3rd from 10am to 2pm at the McKinley Presidential Library and Museum. This is ...
09/18/2020

Ridgewood Neighborhood Donation Day - Oct 3rd from 10am to 2pm at the McKinley Presidential Library and Museum. This is open to anyone who has information to share on the Historic Ridgewood Neighborhood.

This is a collaboration between Historic Ridgewood, the McKinley Presidential Library and Museum and the Plain Township Historical Society. We are looking for information to help us preserve and update the history of this piece of our history.

On that day we plan to collect any information you may wish to share to update the Ridgewood History. Given the current state of health considerations, the information will be handled on a Drive-Thru basis from 10 am to 2 pm. In order to best organize the day, save you time and adhere to COVID guidelines, simply drive by the McKinley museum, we will come to your car to retrieve your information and provide you with the proper paperwork. Once items are brought to the museum, they will be placed in a Que to be recorded. Your original items will be returned to you later once recorded or copied. You may also donate these items as appropriate to the Museum Archives. Past Ridgewood residents and friends are welcome to participate as well. All information gathered from this event will be shared by Historic Ridgewood, McKinley Presidential Library and Museum and the Plain Township Historical Society to help preserve and share the history of Ridgewood. The contributions shared by our Ridgewood friends will be used in our updated History publication and become part of our on-line information archive dedicated to Ridgewood’s History.

On this throwback Thursday, here is a photo of Section 32 - Fulton Rd NW - Bittners Market.  These small mom and pop mar...
09/17/2020

On this throwback Thursday, here is a photo of Section 32 - Fulton Rd NW - Bittners Market. These small mom and pop markets served neighborhoods and were popular until the bigger chain groceries came to town. Where did your family shop?

09/16/2020
William Howard Taft, 27th President from March 4, 1909 to March 3, 1913, was born on September 15, 1857 in Cincinnati, O...
09/15/2020

William Howard Taft, 27th President from March 4, 1909 to March 3, 1913, was born on September 15, 1857 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

09/14/2020
Highlighting an Artifact - Athletic clothing is always a great find.  If this cross country track outfit from Glenwood H...
09/13/2020

Highlighting an Artifact - Athletic clothing is always a great find. If this cross country track outfit from Glenwood High School could talk, the stories it would tell of the wins, losses, personal bests and sportsmanship that took place. Having pieces of clothing like this in our collection also allows us to track how sportsware changed over the year.

09/11/2020
09/10/2020
California, the 31st state admitted to the Union on Sept. 9th, 1850.Capital: SacrementoState Bird: California Quail
09/09/2020

California, the 31st state admitted to the Union on Sept. 9th, 1850.
Capital: Sacremento
State Bird: California Quail

09/07/2020
"Exploring Plain Township - Piecing the Puzzle Together - Unit North Canton Drive-In"With the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pla...
09/07/2020

"Exploring Plain Township - Piecing the Puzzle Together - Unit North Canton Drive-In"

With the COVID-19 pandemic, the Plain Township Historical Society decided to take a different approach to our publications. We developed a series called “Exploring Plain Township – Piecing the Puzzle Together” which is designed to be downloaded by schools, families and individuals so they may explore the history of our area. “Piecing the Puzzle Together” is a 36 unit series that focuses on the history around us by exploring something that happen in each of the 36 sections of Plain Township. A 37th booklet will be available and updated as the units are released with additional information and answers to the puzzles contained in each booklet. In addition, each booklet contains a puzzle piece that can be cutout and colored. When all 36 pieces are assembled they form a map (atlas) of Plain Township showing where that event happened. Thanks to funds set aside from the Rover Pipeline Grant we are making this series available for download free. Printed copies can be requested for a fee. So download your copy and get out there and “Explore Plain Township!”

You can download a copy from our website www.preservingplaintwp.org under the menu option Publications or click on this linkhttps://preservingplaintwp.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Piecing-the-Puzzle-Together-North-Canton-Drive-In-Theater.pdf

Highlighting an Artifact - This early child's slate chalkboard was an essential tool for the one room school.  Before pa...
09/06/2020

Highlighting an Artifact - This early child's slate chalkboard was an essential tool for the one room school. Before paper, pencil and pen was readily available in the classroom, students did their daily school work on this. There are 2 leather hinges that allow this to fold up and use the other side.

On this throwback Thursday, here is a photo of Section 31 - Hills and Dales Ave NW - Barnhills 1970s.  Whether you remem...
09/03/2020

On this throwback Thursday, here is a photo of Section 31 - Hills and Dales Ave NW - Barnhills 1970s. Whether you remember it as Butler's or Barnhill's, there were always sweet memories. What are your memories? First date? Hanging out with your friends? Favorite ice cream?

09/01/2020
Highlighting an Artifact - Thanks to Familysearch.org here is an easy way to "calculate" your cousin relationship.  So i...
08/30/2020

Highlighting an Artifact - Thanks to Familysearch.org here is an easy way to "calculate" your cousin relationship. So if you every wondered how a 4th cousin 2x removed is related check out this chart and see.

Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President from Nov 22, 1963 to Jan. 20, 1969 was born Aug. 27, 1908 in Stonewall Texas.
08/27/2020

Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President from Nov 22, 1963 to Jan. 20, 1969 was born Aug. 27, 1908 in Stonewall Texas.

On this throwback Thursday, here is a property in Section 30 - Fulton and Whipple - Fuller's Drive-In. Drive-in here, dr...
08/27/2020

On this throwback Thursday, here is a property in Section 30 - Fulton and Whipple - Fuller's Drive-In. Drive-in here, drive-in there, plenty of places to cruise with your friends. Which ones did you cruise too?

Understanding Sections and Quarters
The Section and Quarter system has been used in Plain since the beginning of land sale. It works as follows: Plain Township is a six mile square. Sections are marked on the township maps and are one mile squares within the Township boundaries. This creates 36 sections within the township.
Numbering the sections is not done in a way that you might expect. The sequence begins in the right upper corner (NE) and continues to the left across the top N of the map—each section has one number. When the left side (NW) corner is reached, the sequence goes immediately under the 6 and the second horizontal row begins with a 7. The numbering continues across and the second row ends with 12. The third horizontal row starts with 13. The pattern is repeated back and forth in a serpentine manner until the last section is reached in the lower right hand corner—number 36.
6 5 4 3 2 1
7 8 9 10 11 12
18 17 16 15 14 13
19 20 21 22 23 24
30 29 28 27 26 25
31 32 33 34 35 36

Highlighting an Artifact - School sports programs not only give us research material for documenting sports, they also i...
08/23/2020

Highlighting an Artifact - School sports programs not only give us research material for documenting sports, they also include a snapshot of the business' operating at that time. These programs are sometimes the only documentation of sports statistics left in existance.

Hawaii, 50th state admitted to the union on August 21, 1959Capital: HonoluluState Bird:Hawaiian Goose
08/21/2020

Hawaii, 50th state admitted to the union on August 21, 1959
Capital: Honolulu
State Bird:Hawaiian Goose

Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President from Mar. 4, 1889 to Mar. 4, 1893 was born on Aug. 20, 1833 in North Bend Ohio.
08/20/2020

Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President from Mar. 4, 1889 to Mar. 4, 1893 was born on Aug. 20, 1833 in North Bend Ohio.

On this throwback Thursday, here is a property in Section 29 - Cleveland Ave NW 3760 - Burger Chef. Part of the drive-in...
08/20/2020

On this throwback Thursday, here is a property in Section 29 - Cleveland Ave NW 3760 - Burger Chef. Part of the drive-in crazy that was along Cleveland Ave. Do you remember cruising up and down the street, popping in for a milkshake and burger?

Understanding Sections and Quarters
The Section and Quarter system has been used in Plain since the beginning of land sale. It works as follows: Plain Township is a six mile square. Sections are marked on the township maps and are one mile squares within the Township boundaries. This creates 36 sections within the township.
Numbering the sections is not done in a way that you might expect. The sequence begins in the right upper corner (NE) and continues to the left across the top N of the map—each section has one number. When the left side (NW) corner is reached, the sequence goes immediately under the 6 and the second horizontal row begins with a 7. The numbering continues across and the second row ends with 12. The third horizontal row starts with 13. The pattern is repeated back and forth in a serpentine manner until the last section is reached in the lower right hand corner—number 36.
6 5 4 3 2 1
7 8 9 10 11 12
18 17 16 15 14 13
19 20 21 22 23 24
30 29 28 27 26 25
31 32 33 34 35 36

Bill Clinton, 42nd President from Jan. 20, 1993 to Jan. 20, 2001 was born Aug. 19th in Hope Arkansas.
08/19/2020

Bill Clinton, 42nd President from Jan. 20, 1993 to Jan. 20, 2001 was born Aug. 19th in Hope Arkansas.

08/17/2020
Highlighting an artifact - No only do we have artifacts but we also try to find general reference materials that help in...
08/16/2020

Highlighting an artifact - No only do we have artifacts but we also try to find general reference materials that help in our research and understanding of our vast history. Barns are of particular interest with different styles and purposes.

On this throwback Thursday, here is a property in Section 28 - Cramer Ave - Cy's Kosher Deli. As the area grew strip mal...
08/13/2020

On this throwback Thursday, here is a property in Section 28 - Cramer Ave - Cy's Kosher Deli. As the area grew strip malls were built. 30th Plaza was one of the early ones built. Cy's was an early tennant of that mall. Can you smell that Reuben Sandwich?

Understanding Sections and Quarters
The Section and Quarter system has been used in Plain since the beginning of land sale. It works as follows: Plain Township is a six mile square. Sections are marked on the township maps and are one mile squares within the Township boundaries. This creates 36 sections within the township.
Numbering the sections is not done in a way that you might expect. The sequence begins in the right upper corner (NE) and continues to the left across the top N of the map—each section has one number. When the left side (NW) corner is reached, the sequence goes immediately under the 6 and the second horizontal row begins with a 7. The numbering continues across and the second row ends with 12. The third horizontal row starts with 13. The pattern is repeated back and forth in a serpentine manner until the last section is reached in the lower right hand corner—number 36.
6 5 4 3 2 1
7 8 9 10 11 12
18 17 16 15 14 13
19 20 21 22 23 24
30 29 28 27 26 25
31 32 33 34 35 36

Herbert Hoover, 31st President from Mar. 4, 1929 to Mar. 4, 1933 was born Aug. 10, 1874 in West Branch, Iowa.
08/10/2020

Herbert Hoover, 31st President from Mar. 4, 1929 to Mar. 4, 1933 was born Aug. 10, 1874 in West Branch, Iowa.

Missouri, 24th state admitted to the union on August 10,1821Capital: Jefferson CityState Birds: Eastern Bluebird and Bob...
08/10/2020

Missouri, 24th state admitted to the union on August 10,1821
Capital: Jefferson City
State Birds: Eastern Bluebird and Bobwhite Quail

08/10/2020
Highlighting an Artifact - Photos of athletic teams give us a look at how people dressed and what type of organized spor...
08/09/2020

Highlighting an Artifact - Photos of athletic teams give us a look at how people dressed and what type of organized sports existed.

08/06/2020
Barack Obama, 44th President from Jan. 20, 2009 to Jan. 20, 2017 was born on Aug. 4th in Honolulu Hawaii.
08/04/2020

Barack Obama, 44th President from Jan. 20, 2009 to Jan. 20, 2017 was born on Aug. 4th in Honolulu Hawaii.

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This postcard in my possession, I believe, is from Margaret Correll, an early ancestor. She had a sister Sarah (Sadie) who married a Pontius. The back is handwritten in pencil, and says: "This is the picture of the log house where you and I were born. No one is living in it, so we went all through it. Sadie took the picture and had me to stand at the gate." I believe it is the log home of the Correll Family, on North Market. Other sisters to Margaret and Sadie were: Maria, Nancy, Fanny, Catherine, and Anna.
Has anyone in Plain Twp seen a large barn foundation stone block with "George Milller" engraved in it? Probably around the Market/Schneider area.
Four former students took a tour of the former Edgefield Elementary School on Friday, August 11, 2017. The building became the offices of the Stark County Educational Service Center (ESC) in 1992. In 1995 the ESC added 7,000 sq ft of space to the building for offices. That new section will not be razed. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10218543526728612&set=pcb.10218543529928692&type=3&theater&ifg=1
Four former students took a tour of the former Edgefield Elementary School on Friday, August 11, 2017. The building became the offices of the Stark County Educational Service Center (ESC) in 1992. In 1995 the ESC added 7,000 sq ft of space to the building for offices. That new section will not be razed. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10218543526728612&set=pcb.10218543529928692&type=3&theater&ifg=1
From an old autograph book I have. Spock was NOT first to say it! 1884.
Does anyone know about a place called "Bicycle City"? It appears as a section of local news in the Stark Democrat around 1890-1900, like sections on Cairo and Middlebranch. It may have been hear Brewster.
I have some really old photos from Middlebranch High School football team. Could someone PM me ?
The Pontius house on Market in the middle of all the construction has been sold. What do we know about intentions with this great house?